Our Staff

Meet our staff from across the Programmes, Development and Finance teams.

Programmes

Cathy Dew

Programmes Director

Cathy leads the Trust’s Programmes Team, which includes managing our Cathedral Music Support Programme and the Church Choir Award as well as working alongside our partners to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the joys of cathedral music.

Prior to her work at the Trust, she read music at university, completing a DPhil in early music at the University of York, and later put this to good use running the education programme at the National Centre for Early Music. She spent five years in Worcestershire, where she combined running a singing programme for young people with leading music workshops the length and breadth of the UK. After a period in Germany, she returned to the UK and settled in Norfolk. She very much enjoys listening to the choir at Norwich Cathedral, where her son is a chorister.

Olivia Sparkhall

Programmes Manager

Olivia is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Trust’s Programmes and has a supporting role on other initiatives. Her professional background is in music education where she has worked as a teacher, vocal coach, workshop leader, lecturer, and animateur. Olivia is an award-winning composer and conductor, and author of A Young Person’s Guide to Vocal Health. This experience places her in a good position to contribute to the Trust’s Programmes portfolio during the development of initiatives that promote excellence, broaden participation, and increase the long-term sustainability of the cathedral music sector. Previous experience as Head of Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator in a secondary school has prepared Olivia for helping to develop the Trust’s education and research partnerships in a variety of areas.

Development

Victoria McDougall

Interim Development Director

An energetic ambassador for causes close to her heart, Victoria joined the Trust in early 2024 and is looking forward to building support for the charity and discovering more about the UK’s great cathedral music tradition.

In the last ten years, Victoria has held senior positions in fundraising and communications for organisations including Wigmore Hall, Classical Opera (now known as The Mozartists) and The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Prior to this, she honed her PR and marketing skills in newspaper and magazine publishing working for titles including The Ecologist, TIME and the International Herald Tribune.

Anna Kent

Digital & Communications Manager

Music-making in various forms has been a constant in Anna’s life, but her sacred choral education began at Grimsby Minster as a Choral Scholar during sixth form, before singing with her university’s Chapel Choir. Anna joined the Trust from her role as Marketing Coordinator at Britten Sinfonia, and prior to that worked in Mind’s fundraising team. A passionate advocate for inclusion and access, Anna also sits on the board of Yorkshire Youth & Music, a charity providing music-making opportunities for young people in difficult circumstances. Away from work, Anna enjoys making music in and around Sheffield, and playing rather a lot of football.

Katy Ashman

Development Officer (part-time)

A musician from a young age, Katy’s favourite musical memory is singing on the eve of her tenth birthday under the baton of Sir David Willcocks in her hometown, at Sherborne Abbey. Her administrative training derives from working in various industries: horticulture, engineering, software, parish administration and more recently for a national conservation charity. Her musical background is mostly in community music, in particular, using the power of music to improve quality of life for older adults in care home settings, including those living with dementia. She has recently moved to North Wales where she spends free moments gardening and improving her Italian and Welsh.

Finance

Jessica Lock

Director of Finance & Resources (part-time)

Jessica’s earliest experience of cathedral music was playing with her school orchestra in Gloucester Cathedral, of which she has very fond memories. She has always maintained a musical hobby alongside studying Spanish and Japanese at Cardiff University then qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with charity-specialist firm, Sayer Vincent. Professionally, Jessica’s numerical and linguistic skills are stronger than her musical ability but her previous role with Help Musicians UK and her current role with the Trust have both enabled her to combine her passion for music and finance. Now based in Surrey, Jessica is enjoying attending music classes with her children!

Amanda Welsh

Finance Officer (part-time)

Apart from a brief time learning the tenor horn at school, and a year or two in the school choir, Amanda had a rather limited musical background until she discovered the pure pleasure of communal singing about 13 years ago, when she joined a local community choir. She now regularly sings with another community choir and is a director of Community Vox, an initiative which aims to bring community arts to the people of Surrey and the South East. Before joining the Trust, her rather meandering career path started with teaching IT to dieticians and then providing training and support at a Surrey software company, before veering off wildly through childminding, bookkeeping and being a technician in a school laboratory before landing her dream job as the administrator at the internationally award-winning Farnham Youth Choir. Amanda lives in Farnham, Surrey, has two grown up daughters and two pesky cats and when not working or singing, likes to cycle, walk and climb.

Our Programmes

Our programmes help transform lives through cathedral music. Our work builds on the foundations of our predecessor charity, Friends of Cathedral Music, and addresses challenges and opportunities presented to the sector both now and into the future.

We work alongside cathedrals and other choral foundations to support excellence in its many forms, broaden participation and increase the long-term sustainability of the cathedral music sector.

Support Us

Our work is only made possible through the generosity of our supporters and volunteers.

Each year we help tens of thousands of people to discover the joy of choral music in cathedrals, churches and local communities. Get involved and make a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of individuals involved in the UK’s vibrant choral music tradition.